For those of you who believe in making a difference, I have provided the contact information of the Pulitzer jurors who awarded the Patriot News its prize for local reporting.
Please contact them to voice your displeasure with their decision. Please include a copy of my report as evidence that the P-N did not deserve its award.
Sherry Chisenhall, editor and senior vice president/news, Wichita Eagle
Nicole Carroll, Executive Editor, Arizona Republic
Kevin Dale, News Director, Denver Post,
Jane Hirt. VP/Managing Editor, Chicago Tribune
William Snyder, professor and chair, photojournalism, Rochester Institute of Technology
I am writing to express my concern over the awarding of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting to the Harrisburg Patriot News for its coverage of the Penn State sex scandal.
The fact that the Pulitzer jurors referred to the scandal as the "Penn State sex scandal" was a result of the extremely biased coverage by the Patriot News. Most newspapers have now appropriately renamed the scandal to the Sandusky scandal.
However, the evidence in this case (see enclosed report) reveals that the Patriot News published known falsehoods, biased its reporting, and fabricated at least one story to ensure that all of the public's attention was focused on Penn State and not the government agencies or the charity that failed to protect children.
As a result of the Patriot News reporting, the full truth of the Sandusky scandal has yet to be told. It was the government agencies, who approved Sandusky as a foster and adoptive parent - and looked the other way when they saw at least a dozen signs of possible child sexual abuse in 1998 -- who were the enablers of Sandusky's abuse.
Moreover, The Second Mile charity also was made aware of Sandusky's inappropriate behaviors with children, including an abuse finding in 2008, but did not take the necessary steps to ensure the children under its care were protected. According the the trial verdicts, Sandusky abused at least one Second Mile child after his abuse finding. Their reporting covered up the real failures in the Sandusky case and, as a result, the most critical reforms for improving child protection in Pennsylvania were not implemented.
I believe that the Pulitzer jurors and committee should reconsider their awarding of the prize based on these facts and those contained in the attached report.
The press is supposed to serve as a watchdog of the government. In this case, the Patriot News was a lap dog.